Kandy (Sri Lanka): Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke has told his team that they have to look to improve and set a standard to build on after their crushing victory over Sri Lanka in the first one-day international on Wednesday.
Inspired by a man-of-the-match bowling display from left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson in his 100th ODI, Australia romped to a comfortable seven-wicket win over the World Cup finalists in Kandy in a bright start to their five-match series.
Johnson claimed a one-day career best 6-31 to rip through Sri Lanka`s vaunted batting line-up and help dismiss the home side for 191 inside their 50 overs. A rapidly scored re 69 off 51 balls by Shane Watson kept the Australians on top before Clarke (53 not out) and former skipper Ricky Ponting (53) put together a century stand to guide the tourists to 3-192 and victory in just 38.1 overs.
Clarke said the win by itself would prove nothing, and Australia still had plenty to prove.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted him, as saying: ``We`ve just got to continue to learn, continue to get better. I`m really happy with the way we won this game. I think we`ve come out and performed as we like. We showed we are a very good one-day team and we can adjust to different types of conditions all around the world. I just hope we can continue to play like this.”